Flintstone Stargazing

January 22, 2009

Widefield shots on 1/21/09

It’s quite cold out, but also very, very clear. I decided to try out my new camera mount and see if I could get some widefield shots with my D50 camera. I had time for two before the battery gave out (note to self: charge the D50 battery more often). The two images are at the same scale – the one above is of the constellation Orion (at least the better known part – it leaves out his bow). you can see M42 – The Great Orion Nebula in the lower part of the image and I think I can barely make out the Flame Nebula near the belt.

Below is the other shot I took, of M45 – The Pleiades. You can see a hint of the nebulosity in that image, particularly if you look at the zoomed in view. Also note in both images how many stars are in the background.

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6 Comments »

  1. Beautiful! What size lens did you use? I’ve been interested in making a camera mount for my equatorial mount.

    Sean

    Comment by Sean Welton — January 22, 2009 @ 2:15 am

  2. Great images! Same objects I’ve been looking at lately.

    Comment by Troy — January 22, 2009 @ 2:26 am

  3. Thanks – Sean, if you click on my images, it should take you to my flickr page for it which gives details for pretty much all of my images. In this case, I was just using the 18 mm – 55 mm lens that came with my camera, set at 55mm.

    Comment by Ed — January 22, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  4. Haha! I did check out the large version on Flickr but I didn’t catch the EXIF data!

    Sean

    Comment by Sean Welton — January 22, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  5. Ah – the image is a stack of a bunch of other images and so the EXIF data is not included in the composite image since it’s made up of other images, plus processing.

    Comment by Ed — January 22, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

  6. Well, whatever it is, it’s now set as my desktop background.

    Comment by Alamanach — January 28, 2009 @ 10:47 am


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